31 March 2007

Pens at Toronto

Hey pens fans,
Tonight, the Pens will take on the Leafs for the final time this season. It looks to be a good game. Thibault is expected to start, but Therrien could change his mind. Well, my post for tonight will be late, due to an event I have to attend. So, look for it in the wee hours of the morning, with my usual coverage. Let's Go Pens!

29 March 2007

Pens Take Down the Bruins 4-2

Hey pens fans,
That's right the Pens beat the Bruins 4-2. In the first period, the Bruins scored first to make it 1-0. Then Christensen scored on the powerplay from Ouellet and Staal to make it 1-1. Armstong added another one from Christensen and Crosby, to make it 2-1. The Bruins tied it up at 2-2. Christensen got his second of the night from Crosby to make it 3-2. Then in the third, Malkin scored from Crosby and Ouellet to make it 4-2. Fleury was in goal stopping 31 of 33 shots. The Pens had 26 shots.

27 March 2007

Pictures

Hey pens fans,
So, I finally took a camera to a game and am using the pics. I meant to get this up sooner, but here are some pics from Sunday's game against boston. I am only putting up a few.










Pens beat Caps!

Hey pens fans,
The Pens beat the Capitals tonight and have officially clinched their playoff spot, if my math is correct. The final score was 4-3. The Caps scored twice to make it 2-0. Then, Ouellet scored on the powerplay from Orpik and Recchi. The first period ended 2-1. In the secocnd period, the Pens scored 3 more times: Whitney (PP) from Crosby and Malkin; Crosby (PP) from Malkin and Gonchar; Whitney from Malone and Laraque. Fleury was in goal tonight stopping 27 of 30 shots. The Pens are currently ahead of the Devils for the division lead. They play again on Thursday in Boston.

26 March 2007

Playoff Tickets

Hey pens fans,
The Playoff tickets went on sale this morning for the Pens and sold out in 13 minutes.

25 March 2007

Pens Shutout Bruins

Hey pens fans,
This afternoon, the Pens Shutout the Bruins 5-0. Fleury was in goal for the shutout.
Here are the goals:
Malkin (PP) from Gonchar and Roberts
Crosby (PP) from Gonchar and Roberts
Roberts (PP) from Crosby and Whitney
Malone(SH) from Staal and Eaton
Crosby from Armstrong and Christensen

To start off the game the Pens had to kill off 6 minutes of penelties, which they did. It was a good game and no one did poorly. If the Pens keep this up, these last few games will be good. I was at the game this afternoon and then had some moving to do, so I apologize for the post being so late. I have to run now to pick up a friend at the airport, so let me know what you thought of today's game in comments.

24 March 2007

Pens Defeat Thrashers and a question

Hey pens fans,
This afternoon the Pens took on the Thrashers here in Pittsburgh. They won the game with the final score as 2-1. Thibault was in goal for the Pens and he played a solid game. His play lately we be benificial should we need him in the playoffs. Ouellet scored first for the Pens from Roberts and Malkin. It remained 1-0 into the third period, when Atlanta tied it. Jordan Staal scored a weird goal, that involved a bit a of luck to make it 2-1. He was assisted by Malone and Melichar.
Now, as most of your are aware fighting has been a hot topic as of late with reasons such as the Simon incident. Do you think that the league needs to do something and if so, what? Let me here your comments and they will be included in apost on fighting. Personally, I think fighting has a place in the game, but it needs to be more regulated and more harshly punished for severe injuries. Let me know what you think and feel free to argue with me. I like a good fight.

22 March 2007

Pens Fall on the Island

Hey pens fans,
The Pens lost 3-1 to the Islanders tonight in Long Island. Armstrong scored te Pens lone goal and was assisted by Roberts and Gonchar. Fleury stopped 21 of 24 shots. The Pens played fairly well tonight, but couldn't get it done. Parts of the game turned into a bit of a free-for all. It was frustrating to watch, because of the way the game turned out. Hopefully, it will go better this weekend.

19 March 2007

Pens Defeated by Rangers

Hey pens fans,
Tonight, the Pens lost to the Rangers 2-1. Tha game was scoreless, through the first two periods. In the third, the Rangers scored first to make it 1-0. The PEns tied it on a goal by Ouellet, who was assisted by Christensen and Malkin. It was tied with just over 30 seconds left when Jagr scored for the Rangers to win it. The Pens fall 2-1. Thibault was in goal stopping 40 of 42 shots. The Pens had 22 shots on the night.

18 March 2007

Pens Win in Shootout Again!

Hey pens fans,
The Pens beat the Senators in a shootout tonight. The final sccore was 4-3. In the first period, Talbot opened up the scoring with a goal and was assisted by Gonchar and Armstrong to make it 1-0. The Senators tied it at 1 to end the period. In the second, Sidney Crosby scored a power play goal and was assisted by Whitney and Malkin to make it 2-1. Then, the Senators tied it up again. Whitney made it 3-2 from Crosby and Gonchar on the powerplay to end the period. In the third, the Senators tied it up to force the ot and then the shootout. Jarkko Ruutu scored in the shootout to give the Pens the win. Fleury was in goal stopping 32 of 35 shots, thhrough 3 period and the ot. He also stopped all shooters ini the shoot out.

17 March 2007

Pens defeat Montreal

Hey pens fans,
The Pens took on Montreal at the Mellon Arena and won 6-3. Sidney Crosby opened up the Pens scoring with a goal where he beat out at least 4 if not all 5 Canadiens to make the play. It will be added to highlight reel. He was assisted by Recchi and Whitney to make it 1-0. Then, Christensen scored on a great effort unassisted to make it 2-0. In the second period, Montreal came back and scored 2 to tie the game. In the third, Christensen got his second of the game, from MAlkin and Ouellet to make it 3-2. Roberts then scored, assisted by Armstrong and Nasreddine to make it 4-2. Montreal scored again to make it 4-3. Then, Ouellet scored and was assisted by MAlkin to make it 5-3. Sidney Crosby got the empty-netter to make it 6-3. Fleury was in goal tonight stopping 25 of 28 shots.

14 March 2007

Pens Shutout Devils

Hey pens fans,
Tonight, the Pens took on the Devils in New Jersey. The final score was 3-0. Both teams started off rather slow and it was scoreless at the end of the first period. In the second, Ruutu scored to make it 1-0 and was assited by Crosby. In the third period, the Pens added two more goals. Christensen scored and was assited by Ruutu and Nasreddine. Then, Jordan Staal scored from Malkin and Ouellet. Thibault was in goal stopping all 24 shots. The Pens had 22 shots on the night.

Thoughts on the Pens

Hey pens fans,
Now, that we have our arena deal, there is a lot to be thankful for. First, I want to thank everyone who signed and help publicize the petition to save the Penguins. I am glad that we did not have to use it, but thankful it was there if we did. I also want to thank all the people who helped me dig up the rumors, throughout this process, which at times were rather tight lipped. Many of you do not know this, but there were a few people "inside" who really stuck their neck out by passing along this information.
Since we have our arena, we can now focus solely on hockey, the game, not the business of it. The Pens have been playing well, as of late. They also have been keeping us on the edge of our seats, with their heart-attack inducing play. Now, that the team's future is secure, we can all dream those Stanley Cup dreams.

Pens Win!

Hey pens fans,
Sorry the post is so late, but the Arena party just broke up. The Penguins win in a shootout again! The Final score 5-4.
The Pens goals are...
Malone from Gonchar and Crosby
Talbot from Nassredine and Whitney
Crosby (PP) from Recchi and Whitney
Gochar (PP) from Whitney and Crosby.
Fleury was in goal stopping 15 of 19 shots
ShootOut
Christensen scores
Crosby Scores
Shootout Pens 2 Sabres 1

Final score 5-4.

We're getting a new arena :) I will be saying this for weeks!

13 March 2007

The Penguins are here to stay...

Hey pens fans,
... or at least for 30 years. The new arena is slated to open in 2009 and the Penguins have signed a 30 year lease. the Mellon Arena will then be torn down and the land developed with parking garages and such. Mario has also said the team is no lonoger for sale. So, Pens fans, relax, put up your feet, break out a cold one and watch the ame and know that they are here for the long term. Let's Go Pens! I will post more latetr, but I have to go set up for my celebration party!!!!

Arena Press Conference Tuesday

Hey pens fans,
The Press Conference was back to Wednesday, as I originally reported, but know it is said to be at 7:30 before the game, tonight. I know it is getting quite frustrating, but remember the days before the lockout ended. Things changed hourly, then and now we know what the Arena outcome will be. We just have to wait for the anouncement. Like the end of the lockout, it doesn't matter if it is today or tomorrow; what matters is the Penguins will be here for years to come.

12 March 2007

Arena Deal is Done!

Hey pens fans,
The Arena deal is done. No details yet. Press conference is tomorrow. Let's Go Pens!!!!

Arena Update - Light at the end of the tunnel

Hey pens fans,
Well, here is some promising news. According to a few sources and one anonymous tip, members of the local government have been told be make themselves available for the Arena announcment, which according to many is Wednesday. I would surmise to think that means the deal is done or awfully close. Also, negotiations and talks with Kansas City have broken off. Many are saying it is because the team is not leaving. I will post more if I get anything else. Until then, let's all keep our collective fingers crossed.

10 March 2007

The Pens Win it in OT!

Hey pens fans,
This afternoons, game against the Rangers final score was 3-2. The Rangers scored oncec in the first period and once in the second to make it 2-0 going into the third. In the third, Malkini got a powerplay goal from Whitney and Gonchar to make it 2-1. Then, Crosby got a powerplay goal and his 100th point of the season. He was assisted by Malkin and Gonchar to make it 2-2. Then the game went into ot ad both Crosby and Malkin went to the locker room with equipment problems. While they were gone, Armstrong scored, assisted by Talbot to win the game. Final score 3-2. Fleury was in goal stopping 26 of 28 shots.

09 March 2007

Arena News

Hey pens fans,

First off, I have heard from someone I know that knows someone inside last nights meeting. Ok so it is not most reliable source, but its all I got. According to them, the deal is basically done and Wednesday is to finalize it.

Secondly, A former Democratic Allegheny County Commissioner, Mike Dawida and a local business man, Phil Isaly are planning to pursue a court injunction barring any move of the Penguins to another city. Their goal, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune Review, istat they want to prove that the team should be required to give the people of Pittsburgh the "right of first refusal". They feel that since the public has invested tax dollars in the team, that the public should be allowed too buy shares in a public ownership.

On another note, The Simon hit last night was brutal and he deserves every punishment he gets and more.

08 March 2007

Meetings End

Hey pens fans,
Meeting on Arena Ends. Progress has been made and they will meet again Wednesday.

Pens Lose to New Jersey in Shootout

Hey pens fans,
The final score of tonight's game is 4-3 Devils, after the shootout. In the first period, Malkin opened the scoring with a powerplay goal, assisted by Recchi and Crosby, to make it 1-0. In the second, Jersey scored two goals to make it 2-1. In the third, Gonchar scored a short-hander from Staal to make it 2-2. Jersey scored again to make it 3-2. The Pens came back to tie it on a goal from Ouellet, assisted by Malkin. The Ot was scoreless. In the shootout, Christensen, Malkin and Crosby failed to score. Elias scored for Jersey. Final score 4-3 Devils.

No new word on the Arena talks, will update, when I hear something...

Arena Update

Hey pens fans,
The arena meeting started at 7 instead of the reported 6. The meeting was still in progress a little after 9. No word from the meeting. This is a leak free negotiation, as of now.

Also, the Pens are in ot against New Jersey, as we speak.

Pens Arena Update and Therrien's Lose

Hey pens fans,
The Pens Arena meeting is under way in Philadelphia. No word on how that is going.

On a sad note, Michel Therrien lost his father today. Gerry Therrien died at home today in Montreal after a long illness. He was 77 years old. Assistants Mike Yeo and Andre Savard will coach the team in Therrien's absence, he wiwll leave after the new jersey game. I think collectively the fans thoughts are with him and his family today.

07 March 2007

Pens D-Day

Hey pens fans,
The meeting that will determine the fate of the Penguins will take place tomorrow in Philadelphia at 6pm.

Houston has pulled out of the running for the team. Pen's representatives were in Las Vegas today and spoke with the Mayor. Lemieux did not go on the trip.

I will have info on the meeting, as soon as I find something.

Also, in case this meeting does not go well, please sign the petition asking the NHL to not allow the Penguins to leave the city. The link is http://www.petitiononline.com/pens/petition.html

Emergency Arena Update

Hey pens fans,
There will be an emergency meeting in Philadelphia tomorrow with Rendell, Onorato, Ravenstahl and Penguins owners.

06 March 2007

Pens Win in Shootout Again!

Hey pens fans,
Tonight, the Pens took on the Senators in Ottawa. The Pens won it 5-4, after the shootout. In the first period, Armstrong put the Pens ahead 1-0 assisted by Malone and Scuderi. By the end of the first, Ottawa had made it 3-1. In the second, Ottawa added a fourth to make it 4-1. In the third, Jordan Staal scored short-handed and unassisted to make it 4-2. Roberts scored from Chrsitensen and made it 4-3. Malone scored from Staal and Laraque to tie it at 4. In the shootout, Christensen scored. Then Ottawa tied it and Sidney Crosby scored the winning goal, again. Fleury started in goal and was then pulled after letting in 3 goals on 7 shots. Thibault finished out the game stopping 15 of 16 shots.

05 March 2007

Penguins Declare Impasse in Arena Negotiations

Hey pens fans,
Mario Lemieux and the Penguins have declared an impasse in arena negotiations and are pursuing relocation. No word on what happened. I am again calling to all Penguin Fans to Prevent this by helpin us stop it. Please sign the above petition to the NHL not to allow the team to relocate. We need to save our Pens!

04 March 2007

Pens Sweep Philly for the Season with a Shootout Victory!

Hey pens fans,
This afternoon the Pens took on the Flyers for the final time this season. The final score after the shootout was Pens ovevr Flyers 4-2. The Pens were down 2-0 going into the second period. In the second they made it 2-1, when Roberts scored from Gonchar and Whitney. They made it 2-2 to ffinish the second on a powerplay goal from Erik Christensen, assisted by Roberts and Gonchar. In the third, Philly came back to make it 3-2. Christensen lit the lamp again with his goal from Ouellet and Roberts to tie the game. In the shootout, Christensen got the first goal and Crosby scored as well to win the game. Finals score was 4-3.
The Crosby goal that was disallowed was crap and the refs made a bad call ir at least that is the way i interpret the rules. He batted the puck down and then shot it. the rule is you cannot bat it into the net and it was not above the shoulder to allow for the puck controling bat. Yet, the refs waited until after the goal was scored to blow the whistle. My second gripe is the delay of game they called on Fleury. I know that they are trying to crack down on goalies, who freeze the puck unnessisarily, but he had no choice if he gavev up the puck it would have surely ended in a Flyers goal. I think that was a horrible call.

02 March 2007

Pens fall to Canes

Hey pens fans,
Tonight, the PEns fell to the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2. Sideny Crosby had the Pens first goal for his 200th NHL point making him the youngest player to do so. He was assisted by Staal and Scuderi. the Pens second goal was by Malone from Armstrong and Talbot. Thibault was in goal stopping 23 of 26 shots. The Pens had 24 shots.

Youngest player to reach 200 points is... Sid!

Hey pens fans,
With Sidney Crosby's goal, he has become the youngest player to reach 200 points and has passes Wayne Gretzky.

Eaton out 2-4 weeks

Hey pens fans,
Mark Eaton is expected to miss 2-4 weeks with a sprained right knee, which was sustained in last night's game.

01 March 2007

Pens Win in Shootout

Hey pens fans,
Tonight, the Pens took on the Rangers at Madison Square Garden. The Pens won it in the shootout 4-3. The game remanied scoreless through the first period. In the second period, tha Rangers scored twice to make it 2-0. Then in the third Period, Staal scored short-handed from Malone and Whitney to make it 2-1. Then, Colby Armstrong tied thae game at 2 with an unassisted short-handed goal. The Rangers came backc and make it 3-2. Then, Gonchar scored assisted by Talbot and Armstrong on the powerplay to tie the game at 3. The overtime was scoreless, which forced the shootout. On the final shot, Sidney Crosby was the lone person to score in the shootout to win it for the Penguins. Marc-Andre Fleury was in goal stopping 32 of 35 shots, through 3 periods and the ot. He stopped 3 0f 3 in the shootout. The Pens face the Hurricanes in Carolina tomorrow night.
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